Followed in a public park and forced to leave. Cuffed and questioned for whistling while waiting for a bus. Pulled over for spending too much time at a gas station.

Some black drivers and pedestrians in Cincinnati say they’ve been unfairly stopped and questioned by police. 

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A Cincinnati committee tasked with improving Downtown walkability wants to remake a block of Court Street. The Urban Pedestrian Task Force rejected the idea of closing Court Street to traffic earlier this year but does want to make some changes.

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Cincinnati is launching a new effort to increase pedestrian safety in the city. Officials introduced the Vision Zero website Tuesday, and it's a way for residents to share feedback on traffic safety in the city.

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Court Street between Vine and Main streets will not become a pedestrian mall. It won't be blocked to traffic between Vine and Walnut either any time soon. A study from 3CDC and Cincinnati is not recommending any major changes to Downtown's streetscape.

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Big changes could be coming to the streets and sidewalks of downtown Cincinnati. A new Urban Pedestrian Task Force will review the street grid and make recommendations on walkability and safety.

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Cincinnati officials are working on a number of alternatives to make it safer for kids walking to schools in the city.  

What's Killing Thousands More Pedestrians?

Jan 7, 2019

Pedestrian deaths have reached a 25 year high, with nearly 6,000 people killed in 2017, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. That's a serious spike after fatalities dipped to historic lows just a decade prior in 2009. That year, less than 4,000 people were struck and killed by vehicles on the road.

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In the last three months of 2018, 13 local students were hit by vehicles and it's just a fraction of more than 100 children struck last year. Among them was 15-year-old Gabriella Rodriguez, struck and killed by two vehicles when she crossed Harrison Avenue in September.


Cincinnati Public Schools plans a news conference following an increasing number of kids who have been hit by vehicles while walking to school, especially near Western Hills University High School.


The Cincinnati Police Department released initial results after two weeks of a traffic safety blitz in several city neighborhoods. The goal of the program was to target aggressive driving and speeding.

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If you feel like crossing the street is more dangerous today than in years past, you may be right. 

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The Cincinnati Police Department released a new traffic crash and enforcement report identifying peak hours for traffic accidents and the roads where crashes most often occur. There are 14 streets that make the list of worst areas for speeding and crashes that resulted in injuries or death. The peak time for fatal crashes were in the early morning hours of 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. The second worst time was between the hours of 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. when schools typically let out.

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Cincinnati police say the number of pedestrians hurt or killed in traffic accidents has been increasing in the last five years. The trend comes as officers are making fewer traffic stops and writing fewer citations.

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A Cincinnati council committee heard Tuesday how the city is spending $500,000 to improve pedestrian safety. About $14,000 is being used to install signs at crosswalks in busy locations to get drivers to slow down.

Northside residents are still looking for ways to increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists in the neighborhood.  

The community has been meeting with city officials on solutions.